“He called him by name, and in an instant, his world changed …”
Robert Bennett Fowlkes Jr. was called to his heavenly reward on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, in St. David’s South in Austin. Robert attained the age of 72 years, 3 months, 10 days.
Robert was buried on Thursday, April 30 at 2 p.m. at a graveside service in the beautiful Andrews Chapel Cemetery in the Fowlkes family plot. Rev. David Thompson delivered words of love and encouragement and truth to all who would hear as he told about the salvation that was freely offered to all. He recounted stories about Robert and his steadfast faith. Bro. Hollas Hoffman offered prayers for comfort and peace as he shared his memories of Robert as worker and a friend. Kari Ginn provided music and song that was so specially loved by Robert – you could hear a pin drop. Pallbearers were his fellow deacons from First Baptist Church in Schulenburg. They were Karl Mendel, Bryan Klesel, John Salem, Troy Gall, Michael Jurica and friend Alfred Tanagho. Clyde Steapp was an honorary pallbearer. Will Fowlkes and Alex Fowlkes made a casket spray that represented all things loved by their Dad.
Robert was born Jan. 12, 1948 in the Schultz hospital in Schulenburg to Irma Ruth Vogelsang Fowlkes and Robert “Nobby” Bennett Fowlkes Sr. He graduated from Schulenburg High School with the class of 1966. He attended Wharton County Junior College for two years and transferred to Sam Houston State University, graduating in December 1970 with a bachelor of science degree in industrial arts. Robert married Deborah Stulting on June 2, 1973 at First Baptist Church in Waelder. They lived in Houston for two years as Robert worked in his industrial trade field.
The trucking industry was in Robert’s DNA, and they moved to Schulenburg in 1975 and Robert worked with his parents. After his parents’ retirement, Robert applied for his own operating authority and Fowlkes Truck Line Inc. was reborn. Fowlkes Stabilization Materials was established soon after to provide materials needed for ground stabilization projects for construction companies, mostly in Houston. Robert retired in 2014. At the time of his death, Robert was Chairman of Deacons at First Baptist Church. He served for five years as a Schulenburg ISD Board Trustee and was a member of the Lyons Lodge. Robert was a chaplain with Texas Baptist Men and the Oil Patch Ministry. He volunteered at Giddings State School twice a month. Robert was mission-minded and participated in many local and foreign mission trips. Robert volunteered each Sunday morning for many years at Colonial and Regency nursing homes with Sunday Bible study. Robert also worked with the children’s Wednesday night program at First Baptist. He loved those young boys. Robert was also a member of First Baptist’s church security team.
Robert is survived by his wife, Debbie; a son, McKinnon Fowlkes of Pflugerville; a son, Will Fowlkes and wife Alexandria and grandson William of Schulenburg, step-grandson Carson; granddaughter Alexis Fowlkes, great-grandchildren Haven and Kamden Shephard of Moravia; grandson Branson Fowlkes and granddaughter Kenzie Fowlkes of Moravia; sister, Mary K. Seifert and husband Chris of Weimar; niece Summer Henderson and husband Brent of Weimar, and great-nieces Kayla and Samantha; and nephew Caleb Seifert and wife Shannon of Weimar, great-nieces Carlee Kay and Allie Jo.
Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.